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Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service

An Internationally Accredited Public Safety Agency

NEWS ADVISORY
Richard Bowers, Fire Chief Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, 12th Floor, Rockville, Maryland, 20850 Assistant Chief Scott Graham, Public Information Officer Phone: 240.876-1260 Media line 240.777.2442

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2011

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, Mitsubishi Motors, Kids Safety First and Safe Kids Team Up to Conduct Safety Car Seat Check at Gaithersburg Mitsubishi Dealership
ROCKVILLE, Maryland - - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3 to 14 years old. Each day in the U.S. an average of 4 children are killed in traffic crashes, 529 are injured and National data show that 73% of all child seats are misused. With the busy summer travel season underway, Fire Chief Richard Bowers will be on hand to kick off the event and to accept a generous grant of $2000.00 from Mitsubishi Motors that will be used to purchase seats and host events in Montgomery County. At Saturdays event, child passenger safety technicians from Montgomery County Fire Rescue and other volunteers will be available to inspect and install car seats and provide parents and caregivers with one-on-one instruction on how to properly use their childs infant, toddler or booster seat. Scheduled appointments are preferred, but drop in appointments will be accommodated as well. Montgomery County has completed over 117,000 car seat inspections since March 2000 and has trained over 1,300 car seat technicians. WHEN: WHERE: July 23: 10 a.m. 2 p.m. King Mitsubishi 16160 Frederick Road Gaithersburg, MD 20877

For information on scheduling an appointment, please call 301-742-1850. The last car seat inspection will start at 1:30 p.m.

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